If you are going to test then we recommend not doing so until grades 3-5. (3rd is the absolute earliest; preferably 5th). We do not recommend skipping grade levels because of test results.
Remember that testing for the sake of testing is not necessary. We encourage you to pray and think hard about your reasons for testing. Testing can provide useful information. However, some children do not take tests well and their scores often do not reflect what they know and have learned. Do not allow test scores to discourage you from what you are doing for your child and the goals that you have set.
If you choose to test your student(s) there are several options (see below).
Order from Seton Home Study– Cost is $25 dollars and is not as long as the Stanford.
BJU Press – The Stanford is one of the most common but BJU has requirements for administrators. Iowa Basic Skills Test can be given at home to your own child.
Check with your local homeschooling support group for testing options in your area.
If you are doing testing only for the purpose of giving your students test-taking skills, such as completing within a time framework, bubbling in answers on a separate answer sheet, working independently, etc., you can buy the Spectrum Test Prep booklets for each grade level and do these at home.
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